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Harlem Wizards

Harlem Wizards
Leagues Independent
Founded 1962
History 1962-present:
Harlem Wizards
Arena Barnstorming team
Location Harlem, New York
Team colors Purple, Black, Gold, and Red
President Todd Davis
Ownership Todd Davis
Website Official website
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Away

The Harlem Wizards are a comedic act.[1]

Their antics are very similar to those of the Harlem Globetrotters, who were created in 1926.[2]

The Wizards, Globetrotters and Ambassadors are the only show basketball teams left.[3] The theme for the Wizards' 2010-2011 campaign is the "Basketball and Beyond Tour."[1] They hold the longest known winning streak in all of professional sports - over 2,800 games.[3]

History

According to harlemwizards.com, in 1943, Harlem Wizards creator Howie Davis was working as a Sports Promoter and the Sergeant and Recreation Director at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The World Championship of Basketball Tournament in Chicago asked Davis to provide an emergency 8th team to compete in the tournament. Within one week, Davis assembled the Dayton Dive Bombers. The Dive Bombers' first round opponent in the tournament was the previous World Champion, the Harlem Globetrotters. The Dive Bombers pulled the upset and the Globetrotters' manager, Abe Saperstein, refused to even shake Davis' hand after the game. Davis was intrigued by this event, and twenty years later, he decided to create his own show basketball team, the Harlem Wizards.[3]

Before Davis got into sports management and promotion, Howie Davis played semi-professional baseball for a couple years. He eventually managed the Brooklyn Dodgers football team, the Staten Island Stapes, and the Kokomo Clowns, who actually played in clown outfits. Before creating the Harlem Wizards, he was also a scout for the San Francisco Giants.[4]

In 1962, Davis created the Wizards, wanting to expand on Saperstein's idea of the Globetrotters. Davis wanted the Wizards to be an even more competitive, creative, and entertaining team than the Globetrotters.[3]

When Howie Davis died in 1992, his son, Todd Davis, took over as the [5]

Since 1962, the Wizards have played over 6,000 games, both in the United States and abroad. They have played on five different continents and in 22 different countries.[6]

Current roster[7]

|- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 00 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Henderson, Claude "Tojo" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Passaic High School |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 1 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Lewis, Arthur "King Arthur" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Bowie State University |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 3 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Johnson Jr., Roscoe "Sarge" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Allegany College of Maryland |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 4 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Tyndal, James "Road Runner" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Buffalo State College |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 5 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Jones, Eric "Broadway" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Urbana University |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 9 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Bernard, Arnold "A-Train" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Southwest Missouri State |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 10 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Curry, Devon "Livewire" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Pasco-Hernando CC & Western Texas |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 11 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Simmel, Mike "Mighty Mike" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Purchase College |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 29 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Sewell, Leon "Space Jam" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Bethel and East Central Universities |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 20 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Stukes, Timothy TJ "Tomohawk" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Pittsburg State |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 21 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Ryan, "Blackjack" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Brooklyn College |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 24 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Barner, Rashaan "Rocket" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | William Paterson University |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 28 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Williamson, Dexton "Air Jamaica" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Southern Connecticut State University |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 31 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Smith, John "Big J" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | College of Staten Island |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 33 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Paul, David "D.P." | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Staten Island College |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 15 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Clinton, Lloyd "Loonatik" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Allen University, South Carolina |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | C | style="text-align:center;" | 94 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Mathews, Mike "Big Mike M&M" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Florida State |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | F | style="text-align:center;" | 10 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Erwin, Dewyn "Air Revolution" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Broward CC |- |- | style="text-align:center;" | G | style="text-align:center;" | 95 | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left;" | Rodriguez, Ken "Blenda" | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) | style="text-align:right; white-space:nowrap; | | style="text-align:center;" | | style="text-align:left; | Bergen Community College |-


Former players[3]

References

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External links

  • http://www.harlemwizards.com/ - Harlem Wizards website.
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